SparkPeople Spark Georgia The Official State Team Team Messageboard All Spark People in Georgia are invited to join! Let's make this Georgia Team the best one out here. Come and meet other Georgians and get to know one another. SparkPeople Spark Georgia The Official State Team Team Messageboard Out to make 2017 my fitness year! I am rejoining SparkPeople to take my weight loss journey forward. I hope to make some real changes in my life when it comes to food and exercise. I have spent a long time allowing my weight to control how I feel and things that I do. I don't want to do that anymore! I want to move forward and make 2017 the year of change in my life! Wed, 1 Feb 2017 14:03:12 EST Looking for diet buddy nearBall Ground. I live between Ball Ground Canton and Cumming. Would like buddy to have phone support and walking partner. I am 77 so I can't walk fast or long. Very discouraged cause the harder I try the more I eat. Maybe we can motivate each other. Thanks. Fri, 30 Dec 2016 22:36:03 EST Arlington! Between Blakely and Albany. <em>213</em> Sun, 18 Dec 2016 17:02:44 EST Arlington! Located between Blakely and Albany.... <em>334</em> Sun, 18 Dec 2016 16:59:57 EST Arlington! SW GA between Blakely and Albany! <em>334</em> Sun, 18 Dec 2016 16:57:29 EST Anyone from Augusta or the CSRA? Looking for anyone from the Augusta or CSRA area to help reach our goals. You can reply here or send me a sparkmail message. <BR> <BR> Have a great day everyone. <BR> <BR> Linda Thu, 27 Oct 2016 19:10:41 EST Re-Introduction Hi everyone, I am an old member who has been inactive for almost 6 years. Since my weight has climbed up to ~185 and my best friend has been harping at me to lose some weight I am back trying to get to a more reasonable size. Wish me luck on this struggle! Well I am cheating a bit I went to a weight lose clinic that is run by an MD so I can get appetite suppressants. I have been trying most of '16 to lose on my own without the scale moving so I decided (after doing some research) that I neede... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 08:13:40 EST Won't quit trying! You might say,I've tried everything.This morning,I confess,I get off my plans for better,health,eating,attitude,so easily.I don't last a whole day,usually,but,last year,was in rehab for 42 days,I only ate what was prepared by the facility.I lost about 20lbs,without noticing.I was hungry,but,it was not fatal.Today,i accept responsibility for myself,the person who can help mysituaton,is me.I am 66 yrs. old,somewhat,disabled,because ,ofweight restricting me.Help me to channnnnge,teach me what wo... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:05:34 EST Hello My name is Carolyn and I live in central Ga. I am returning to SP after having my daughter and gaining way too much weight. I have gained all that I had previously lost. I have noticed Im in more pain and just having a hard time getting around. Tue, 7 Jun 2016 17:27:33 EST Which College did you attend? Georgia Southeastern in Americus Sun, 27 Mar 2016 12:43:34 EST In need of a work out buddy Hey <BR> Hope everybody is doing well I'm from Macon, GA and I'm looking for someone that does not mind working out together sometimes Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:49:53 EST Buddy anyone? Atlanta/North Decatur area I need someone to be an accountability email buddy for me. Maybe texting eventually. In turn I will offer support and cheers and hold you accountable during your journey. Please SparkMail me if you'd like to be my buddy. I know it helped me out a lot to have buddies last time and.... I lost 97lbs that time! So, how about it? Let's help each other reach our goals and to lose this weight! <BR> <BR> Also, I might be interested in having a walking buddy around the Atlanta/North Decatur area. We... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 02:42:46 EST Looking for a workout partner near decatur/conyers Hi my name is Shauna and I am looking for a friend or workout buddy. I am not in the greatest shape at the moment but I am determined and looking to better myself. Please let me know if your interested. Fri, 4 Dec 2015 16:18:55 EST Anyone in Tri-Cities area out there? Would love a walking buddy. Fri, 20 Nov 2015 14:02:32 EST Looking for a buddy around Mableton/Powder Springs I'm looking for someone, anyone, I don't care, who would be willing to do some hiking/walking/bike riding with me. I don't hit the hard trails on KMNB, and I'm not speed racer on a bike, but I like to at least hike 4 miles or ride 15 round trip. Cold weather doesn't bother me. I've hiked in drizzle too. It would just be nice to have some additional motivation to get out of the house. <BR> <BR> I hike Heritage Trail in Mableton, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield, and I bike the Silve... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 18:23:18 EST I got my flu shot did you? Twice in my life I have had the debilitating flu that was so bad I literally wanted someone to shoot me and put me out of my misery. I faithfully get my flu shot every year! Not much on hand sanitizers, but I wash my hands lots over the course of the day! <BR> <BR> I now also follow the advice of someone I work with who said they only use their own pen to sign documents, charge slips, etc., thus hopefully bypassing extra germs. <BR> <BR> What are your tips? Wed, 7 Oct 2015 12:13:11 EST 5K's in and around Atlanta? Had foot surgery late last December and I have the go ahead to get moving again. So, I've been doing a little walking a couple of times per week. Working up to the Bacon Run 5K in October ( in Marietta GA. Well, who doesn't love bacon? Talked some other friends into doing this as well. I'll be walking, but I'm getting out there! <BR> <BR> Anyone else training or scheduled for any fun run? Thu, 24 Sep 2015 13:02:21 EST Need an accountability partner My name is Charline and I live in Augusta Georgia. I have a host illnesses , lupus, diabetes, kidney problems, etc.. I find it really hard to do what I need to do to maintain a healthy balance. With all my problems I am limited in the kind of exercise I can do. I had back surgery and can only walk and stand for a short time. I am looking for someone to help keep on track and honest. Is there someone in Augusta that can partner with me? Thu, 24 Sep 2015 01:53:23 EST Seeking Buddy>Vinnings Seeking a buddy to walk with in Vinnings/Cumberland area. Big plus if you go to LA fitness (have membership but have yet to go) Wed, 12 Aug 2015 15:11:16 EST Lose 100 before turning 30 Hey everyone. I am back on SparkPeople after having a baby... 3 years ago :/. So here I am 41 weeks (yes, I counted) from my 30th birthday with 100lbs to lose... and I am determined to lose it before I turn 30!! Mon, 10 Aug 2015 10:58:53 EST Doing this again Hello, <BR> My name is Philicia and I decided to give sparkpeople another try.... I am from Smyrna GA (Atlanta)... I have 2 shelties and married ... Love to read and enjoy going to the gym and my Leslie Sansone Dvds would love to have new sparkpeople friends please add me Fri, 31 Jul 2015 08:11:53 EST Hi from Fannin County Hi everyone! My name is Lori. This is NOT my first go around with SP but I am giving it another try. I started June 30th and have been logging my food and fitness every single day. Now its time to rejoin teams, make friends and make some new goals. I am coming up on Month #2 soon and I need more challenges and support. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 09:03:53 EST Jackson County Commerce~Jefferson area. I'm a newbie Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:29:45 EST Looking for an Fitness buddy I am looking for anyone who lives in or around Acworth - preferably in - to be my workout buddy. We do not necessarily have to go to the gym or anything. I just want someone to exercise with. <BR> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 23:31:08 EST Trying for the first time Today is day 10. For the first time I trying an organized plan. I have somewhat managed to keep my weight in some sort of restraints. But I have to face it, I can do better. I have never liked the idea of counting calories or carbs, measuring portions and what have you. I have never been a goal setter. Goal have always represented a deadline to meet. I grew up that way. As a kid homework was put off until the last minute. That project due in 2 weeks was done on day 13. <BR> <BR> No I have a... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:38:12 EST Looking for a Buddy in Newnan/Sha psburg/PTC <em>220</em> Sat, 20 Jun 2015 10:19:28 EST Day 3 Made to day 3.... one day at a time! Wed, 10 Jun 2015 11:55:19 EST Getting started... Just getting started today! Wed, 10 Jun 2015 07:34:18 EST Two Steps Away from Prime Hello Sparkpeople member, my name is Charlene, currently I feel like I'm preparing myself for a new phase in my life and I wanted to make better health a part of it. As one of my two children graduated from high school May 2015 and the other will be starting high school; I felt like sooner than I know it I will have only my own life to manage again and wanted to be able to live it to the fullness. When speaking on fat loss most will say do it now because as you get older it gets harder. So... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 15:46:58 EST Back Again After A Long Hiatus Well it has been almost 2 years since I first joined Sparkpeople. My first go round was pretty successful- lost 25 pounds in about 3 months. Not sure why I lost my momentum but I know it is the right time to start anew. I am now 40 years old and I see the lineage of emotional eating and a sedentary lifestyle passing on to my younger three children. I want to be a role model for them and be ok looking in the mirror. I don't have any real friends in the outside world so I would like a few close... Sat, 2 May 2015 00:21:15 EST Hello from Middle GA Hello everyone. My name is Brande and I am new to the message boards. I joined back in January, but have only been using the tracker part of this web site and sporadically at best. I was using a different tracker on my phone for the most part, but have had a little more time to explore and have found there are some really great things on this site, so I think I will quit jumping back and forth and stay here :) . So for my intro, I am a 40 year old mother of 3. I have always battled my weight ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 01:38:07 EST Looking for a BUDDY Looking for a Buddy to meet up with about once a month or so, I'm in Jackson,Ga. Someone SERIOUS about losing weight and getting into shape...planning and goal setting. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 08:35:10 EST Looking for a buddy in Allenhurst, GA. I live in Allenhurst, Georgia.... Work on Fort Stewart and travel through Hinesville. Looking for someone to walk or ride bikes with. Sun, 5 Apr 2015 14:02:35 EST Howdy I'm a 30 year old married transplant to Stone Mountain, Georgia. I was born and raised in Texas and moved here after I met my darling husband. I'm not new to the weight loss struggle and have fallen off the bandwagon more times than I can count. My hope is to get it right, this time, and lose the 251 lbs I want to lose in order to get truly healthy. Thu, 2 Apr 2015 17:11:04 EST Hi, I'm New! Hi, I'm back for my umpteenth attempt at losing weight. I've made several changes over the past year; I quit smoking, I got married, I changed jobs...twice. And I've added a few pounds with each one of those. In June, I'm going home to see my family for the first time in 3 years, and I don't want to be the biggest they've ever seen me. <BR> I'm a college student, studying human services. I don't do well with routines, but I get bursts of energy that last a couple of weeks at most. I need to i... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:58:29 EST My name is Audrey I joined Sparks as a means of support Sun, 22 Mar 2015 18:09:49 EST Hello my fellow 'Change Agents' My name is Loretta I'd like to tell you a little about why I joined "Spark People". I have struggled with weight gain, loss, and regain for about 15 years now. I picked up some very bad eating habits over the years running a home with husband-children, working, and going to school. As we all know bad habits are hard to break and I am hoping that I will find people in this social network to help encourage me, kick me in the backside when I need it, cry with me, and walk with me through my successes and failur... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:19:14 EST Grayson/La renceville Area Would love to hook up with a buddy for accountability and maybe some exercising and/or cooking...Let me know Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:13:23 EST Hopeful new Beginnings Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I love words and tend to write a lot of them but I will try to keep this as short as I can. <BR> <BR> When I was in the hospital last November I weighted 552 and I'm sure my weight has gone up since then. (Hence why I put my start weight at 580) I'm going to talk to my doctor about a way to weight myself monthly and see if there is a way I can do that, so hopefully I will be able to update at least that often. <BR> <BR> I also have Lymphedema which grows constant... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 01:08:44 EST Happy to be here! Hello and thanks for letting me join the team! I weighed 196 on January 5th and have dropped down to 185 since. I have a long way to go and my motivation level is short, especially since the weight will now come off, ever so slowly. I thought joining this group and being in contact with other people that have a long journey, as myself, would keep me motivated as well as inspired to continue. We can do this!! :) Sun, 18 Jan 2015 09:07:05 EST Best Bike Trails in GA/SC? My husband and I have recently started riding bikes every week. He's an old pro and can easily ride 50 miles. I'm a rookie and just made my first 10 mile ride this week. We currently ride the Augusta Canal and the North Augusta Greeneway (SC). We'd like to expand our horizons and find other trails within a few hours drive (from Atlanta to Savannah to Charleston, SC). Can anyone recommend any good bike trails or bike friendly towns to explore? <BR> I prefer paved with small inclines, but w... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 10:39:07 EST 1st week <em>39</em> <em>39</em> Hi team, <BR> I have just completed my first week, and I am a bit discouraged. I actually gained half a pound. I could use some encouragement! Sat, 3 Jan 2015 08:54:53 EST can't walk!!!! <em>24</em> TrippedOverTheDogWhilePlayingWithMyGrandso<BR>n, KneeIsVerySwollen Blah Tue, 30 Dec 2014 11:40:18 EST Another day Well I made it another day. Hurray!! I also walked a mile today. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 17:41:03 EST Doing some Wii Zumba! <em>355</em> Mon, 29 Dec 2014 15:12:41 EST New to fitbit Hi my name is Eleanor I lost my son(only child) to cancer since then I've picked up some unwanted weight <BR> it's time to lose Sun, 28 Dec 2014 15:48:43 EST LightWalker555 I'm a Vietnam Veteran and a Reiki Master. Joined yesterday. Found out a few things I was doing wrong, of course. For some people even things like salads, apples and cherries can rise your blood pressure. So, we must watch everything we eat. That's why I walk 3+ miles a day. Yesterday, I walked 4.5 miles. Remember, getting your weight under control. Could mean lower blood pressure. Sun, 28 Dec 2014 10:05:12 EST Snacks??? Need help with afternoon munchies! <BR> <BR> I am a teacher who has scheduled lunch time at 11:00 the time school is over, I am starving and this is where my day gets messed up! <BR> <BR> I bring a healthy greek yogurt to have after kids are gone for the day, but it's like I had nothing! Doesn't leave me satisfied!! <BR> <BR> Any ideas to help me out??? <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 06:35:58 EST Anyone in the Roopville, Carrollton or Villa Rica Looking for a walking partner or group that's kid/stroller friendly. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:58:03 EST RV Park Recommendations A family friend sent me an email, asking me if I know of any RV parks in the metro Atlanta area (preferably north of the perimeter) because he has family driving through the area and wanted my advice. <BR> <BR> I didn't even know RV parks existed. <BR> <BR> So far my research has turned up very mixed and not very good reviews for one place in Marietta. Anyone out there with any experience, either personal or familial? I would appreciate any insight anyone can offer. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sat, 11 Oct 2014 19:49:46 EST First day complete <em>41</em> <em>48</em> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:55:50 EST Trying to get started I signed up with SP a few years back but didn't really pursue it. Now I am back & ready to get this show on the road. I have a husband & 2 daughters who are my whole world. I want to get healthy so we can have a long active healthy lifestyle together. I'm hoping I can get support here because I need any support I can get. Luckily my husband is very supportive. I'm looking forward to getting to know some of you & taking this journey together! Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:58:26 EST anyone from the Gainesville area? Just wanted a buddy or a few in the Gainesville area to exercise exchange recipes numbers hang out and have fun. Let me know. It would be fun to meet some new people. :D Fri, 15 Aug 2014 22:46:48 EST After weight loss.Now i need toning. Hey,my name is Allison from the great state of Georgia. <BR> In the past 3 years i have lost 120 pounds of mostly unprovoked weight loss and now need toning badly. <BR> I started drinking water and pacing around the house due to depression and severe anxiety 3 years ago and dropped 30 lbs in the first year,70 lbs in the second and 20 lbs this year so far. <BR> The weight loss has mainly affected my upper inner arms and the inside of my thighs. <BR> <BR> I would really appreciate some tips an... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 08:42:15 EST Hello! I'm Dawn and I have been on a weight loss mission for a couple months now! I have lost 20 lbs and plateau'd.. I want to lose.. no I need to lose 75 more pounds or so. I am excited to have you all as a support team as I work my way to healthy and happy! Stop by my blog.. I'm hoping to keep it updated! Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:52:47 EST Port Wentworth Hi my name is CarolAnn and I would love to find someone to walk with in Port Wentworth. Hubby and I will be moving into our new place at the first of August so after that I would love to get started... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:44:32 EST Newbie here Hello =) <BR> <BR> Wanted to stop by and introduce myself. I am 44 and a mother of 2 boys (20 and 22) I have been a stay at home mom since 2000. I quit drinking in Jan of 1999 and quit smoking in Dec of 2013. Started working out and eating better in June of this year. <BR> <BR> Hope to meet some good workout buddies and friends here =) Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:05:30 EST Hello Everyone!!! HI, My name is Shauna and I am very excite to be apart of this team. I am not a stranger to sparkpeople however I did fall off the healthy trail for quite sometime following some health issues. I am ready to get back in shape and continue a healthy happy life!! Have a good day everyone!! Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:21:25 EST jessbooze hi! <BR> looking forward to staying motivated and becoming healthier! Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:43:08 EST Hi My name is Lori and I am new to Sparkpeople I look forward to getting great tips and motivation from the community. Please feel free to say hello. <BR> <BR> Lori Tue, 10 Jun 2014 13:23:36 EST Hi y'all! Hi -- My name is Brian and I'm from Georgia. I've really been enjoying the many non-community features of SparkPeople so I thought I'd give this a try. <BR> <BR> I'm 54, started at 394 pounds 2 weeks ago and I've lost 9 pounds as of my last weigh-in. I joined a gym and bought into their training program and promised myself I would do whatever my trainer said instead of second-guessing her or verbally sparring with her. It feels great. For me, taking these things out of the realm of "I have t... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 09:25:36 EST Savannah Sparkers Are there ANY Sparkers here in the Savannah area? <em>67</em> Thu, 29 May 2014 00:01:42 EST Hi Georgia Sparks! I'm Tammy, wife and stay at home mom living in the SE part of the state. I homeschool our son (and only child) and spend my days keeping house, teaching, reading, writing the occasional short story, and working out/learning more about fitness and health. <BR> <BR> I have fallen in love with hiking recently (Table Rock, SC I'm coming for you!) and want to learn to kayak and just become a more 'outdoor' person. With a growing and energetic 5 year old, I have to be! Sat, 24 May 2014 14:37:27 EST Hello all Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Patricia and I am new to the community. I started my weight loss journey 12-12-12 and as of October 2013, I lost 65 pounds. I was able to maintain the weight loss and I started back on my journey January 10, 2014 with the last 40 pounds to go. As of January 10 I have lost 17 pounds and I plan to have the remaining pounds deleted lol by the end of August. It has not been an easy journey, but no one ever said it would. I am excited to be here with my n... Thu, 8 May 2014 20:59:24 EST Theresa I'm not new to the site, but you could call me an old newbie since it's been over 5 years since the last time I was here. Glad to be back to be encouraged and cared for by you lovely people. My current goal to lose is around 30lbs. Thanks for being here to do it with me, guys! Sun, 4 May 2014 06:53:30 EST Looking for a buddy Douglasv ille/hwy 92 Looking for a buddy to help keep each other accountable on this weight loss journey. My goal is to lose 30-40 lbs by Sept 2014. My big picture goal is to get down to Size 7-8 and weigh maybe 140lbs. The long term goal will be me losing a total of 80lbs. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:09:37 EST The Beautiful State of Georgia This weekend my Husband I traveled down to Macon, Georgia to play golf at Healy Point Golf Club and I found it very beautiful. Another gorgeous place to go in the great State of Georgia. I am glad to be living here America. Love the Georgia People. Sun, 27 Apr 2014 17:24:04 EST Getting to know you Good morning. What part of GA is everyone from? I live in Trenton which is a small town right by Chattanooga. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:04:52 EST Sandi Ricks I am very excited to be starting this part of my life! In hopes that i will gain the motivation and friendships that will help keep the weight loss going. I am off to a good start but with a busy lifestyle with 3 boys my habits tend to be broken easily. I hope through this site I will be able to keep the pace. My husband is very supportive and I know that should be enough but he loves me regardless my weight. Please help my push and strive to meet my goals! <BR> <BR> Good Luck to ever... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:00:31 EST ignor ignor Sun, 6 Apr 2014 13:00:26 EST Hi! I've just joined and am going through the new member information!. I'm excited to see all the support SPARK offers. I'm still learning to anything you have to offer will be appreciated! <BR> <BR> Sun, 6 Apr 2014 10:47:51 EST Third time is the charm Just a quick hi to everyone. I've used SP in the past a couple of other times. The first time for over 2 yrs. Unfortunately, the weight I had lost didn't stay gone because of health issues. I'm working between 35- 40+ hours a week now on my feet with lots of walking, reaching and more. I don't want to keep going home every day hurting. So, time to make some new changes. What worked before hasn't worked for a while so, as the saying goes, if you always do what you've always done, you'll always... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 15:53:49 EST Looking for a buddy in Newnan/P eachtree City Anyone around this side of town? Looking to connect with a buddy interested in outdoor walks (I hope to work towards my first 5K soon, but I am a HORRIBLE runner at this point *cringes* and I mean HORRIBLE!). My husband and I are members of Atlanta Fitness in Newnan, but I do miss being outdoors and getting some good walking in. Would love to connect with someone (or a group) that shares this interest! Sat, 29 Mar 2014 15:58:06 EST Hi Everyone Hey there. I am a stay-at-home mom of 2. Used to be in the Navy. My family and I live near Augusta GA. I am dealing with the daily struggles of being a full-time mom with Fibromyalgia and everything that goes with it. I am hoping to lose about 70 pounds in the next year or so. Sun, 9 Mar 2014 18:12:28 EST Introduce my self I would just like to say Hi to everyone. I am new to the team and am just learning all about the spark pages. I have been in Georgia three years and I reside in Hartwell. I am retired with some substantial health issues. I am trying to eat my way healthier. I spend a lot of time taking care of five dogs, all rescues. I enjoy taking classes online to keep this old mind from locking up! I hope to increase my fitness level with motivation from challenges on these pages. I am looking forw... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 21:26:31 EST Thank You! Hello Everyone and Thank You so much for welcoming me aboard. It is with great pleasure to have such wonderful people cheering for my success. I love all of you. With your help and encouragement, I believe I can do this. It's a new day. Let's make it a GREAT one! Wed, 5 Mar 2014 09:31:48 EST 52 and ready to start living. Im 52 and 5,2, 223lbs.I have not cared about myself in along time, very depressed and just lock my self away in my bedroom and just waiting to die.But I just want to get better now and I dont know how to even start.I really someone to do this with, or I will not do it.Please help me. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:58:47 EST Today <em>224</em> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 09:32:29 EST Hello I'm new here didn't realize how many different sites this has. My goal is to lose 60 lbs. and be fit. I live in Georgia, and would love to here from people that are having the same issues. I am 49 and married with a diabetic husband so I decided to look up this for him and then found out it would be great for me as well Sun, 9 Feb 2014 12:28:14 EST Hello I'm new here didn't realize how many different sites this has. My goal is to lose 60 lbs. and be fit. I live in Georgia, and would love to here from people that are having the same issues. I am 49 and married with a diabetic husband so I decided to look up this for him and then found out it would be great for me as well Sun, 9 Feb 2014 12:28:14 EST Team Bonus Points 50 today! Tue, 4 Feb 2014 17:43:01 EST Hello <em>249</em> Hello, I am new to message boards, I hope to find inspiration here to accomplish my goals. I can't wait to meet you guys and get some great healthy ideas. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:11:28 EST SP looks FUN! I was reading weight loss success stories for inspiration and motivation because I am 60 lbs overweight. Someone had posted that part of their success was due to so naturally I came to the website to check it out. So here I am. I hope that this will be a tool that will work for me for my weight loss goals. It looks fun! Wed, 29 Jan 2014 00:58:40 EST New Gal in SparkPeople Town! Hey everyone, I'm Staci! Found this site by chance and I couldn't be happier! I have been on the "Weight Rollercoaster" for the past few years... UGH! I just turned 29 in December so I decided that I have... absolutely HAVE to make this year count and what better way than to dedicate not only this year, but the rest of my life to living a healthier lifestyle! I'm not trying to go on this crazy diet, because I don't want to set myself up for failure! I'm starting off with baby steps... cou... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 23:27:46 EST Hello This JB t I am new to Spark Georgia. Looking for a great year with a lot of spinning. I am very motivated and looking to drop off some extra pound. <BR> I think this is the cheapest way to stay motivated and get help and advise from others. So, my slogan to Georgians: Keep Spinning!!! Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:44:52 EST fitness 4 u Hi all, <BR> Very happy to join spark, I believe this is the right place to start. Non smoker but a little heavy weight....will be excited to drop off some extra..... <BR> Just started a new fitness goal with my spinning bike. I am new to spinning but I see the benefit of it in my first week. I welcome any suggestions or advise to keep me motivated. I just got my first DVD with Josh Taylor and looking to add it to my routine. <BR> Keep sweating !!! Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:35:04 EST Just joined today Hi Everyone! I live in Suwanee - the Forsyth area of Suwanee. I recently left a stressful job that left me 20 lbs heavier over 8 years. I would like to lose 15 lbs. Not a lot but difficult nonetheless. I belong to Atlanta Fitness - Windermere and would love to meet other members or people that live in the area. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 18:12:45 EST Frustrated and Deperate (VENT) Good day all! I have been on the weight trail for YEARS! I am frustrated with myself for having gained back 34 lbs of the 56 I lost right after having had my daughter back in 2011! I am irritated frustrated and down right pissed off. . . <BR> <BR> My name is Charlene, and I am excited to move to Guatemala in June, but do not want my family in law to see me in such horrid shape. I am miserable as far as my home life, and my attitude is well, worst than how I feel. <BR> <BR> I need motivatio... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:32:09 EST A NEW ME Hi! I signed up some time ago but for the 1st time, I feel like it's MY TIME to be a healthier happier ME. I'm new to actually utilizing Spark tools so please be patient with me. I welcome comments, encouragement, and anything positive you all have to offer...Thanks SP community Sat, 11 Jan 2014 04:48:56 EST Getting back to Spark People Hi everyone, I joined Spark People about 2 years ago and stayed with it for awhile then quit. I have gained back about 8 lbs. and now I need to get serious about losing the weight as my knees are starting to create real problems for me. I do house cleaning and that is hard work especially when I do a new construction house. Does any one have any good advice for dealing with sore knees? I am 60 years old so I really do need to get serious about losing the weight. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 08:36:41 EST buddy search!! Hi I am in the need of a workout buddy in woodstock just someone I can connect with and someone to help me keep track of everything. Spark mail me if you are interested. <em>20</em> Tue, 7 Jan 2014 11:21:06 EST ashtein I was 118 in 2010 when I got pregnant. Had the best pregnancy and was nothing but stomach. I breastfest my baby until april of 2012. Therefore I stayed around 120. Well when I quit breastfeeding my appetite stayed as if I was still breatfeeding. And now I am 156 lbs and am 5 pants sizes bigger. I don't want to get back down to 118 but would to get around 125 or 130... but its hard! Sat, 4 Jan 2014 20:53:33 EST Seeking a walking crew/partner in J'boro/R iverdale I am looking to walk with someone or group with similar health and time constraints. I work 8-5 M-F and have a little one I have to be home in time to put to bed. Also I am limited to the stride as my knees are bad and with all the extra I'm carrying right now my back hurts so I frequently stop to stretch it out. Fri, 3 Jan 2014 10:38:54 EST Getting to a better me! Trying to find the strength to finally change my body and my self esteem. Making changes to let go of the overwhelming weight and self hate. Not only for myself, but to show my children that goals can be made and exceeded! That perhaps we can be greater than we think we are... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 15:24:25 EST Happy New Year, Y'all! Wishing everyone a Happy New Year and a healthy 2014! <BR> May your hopes, dreams, and goals all be realized in the months <BR> to come! <em>381</em> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 23:05:22 EST New Year's Resolution 2014....... Getting fit I'm new to this so here it goes. <BR> My New Year's Resolution for 2014 is to get fit and healthy. Also to maintain it. I would love to hear other people idea's and thoughts that have worked for them. I welcome support and give it as well. So let's start off the New Year with a BANG!!! Let's Go..... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 17:50:46 EST Daily Workouts 2014 ~ Team Daily Workouts~ This is going to be our new thread for all of us to post our workouts. No matter how hard or easy they are from running, weights, or just cleaning house cause yes that is a workout also. This is going to be a on going thread that way I want have to make a new one each year, so get posting and keep that body moving! <BR> <BR> <em>318</em> <em>237</em> <em>319</em> <em>364</em> <em>313</em> <em>362</em> <em>309</em> <em>278</em> <em>260</em... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 16:41:43 EST Hello! Before I reach the big 5-0, I want to get my life under control!!! Lots of things have played parts in my current state of UNhealthiness, but for so many reasons, I know it's time to get a grip and reclaim my life and health before it's too late. So here I am!!!!! Thu, 5 Dec 2013 09:53:06 EST MOTIVATED! So excited to be here to lend and receive support. You guys are AWESOME. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 09:14:17 EST God woke me up today great reason to smile. Hi, everyone, hello, how are you, and good day, much love and happiness I hope is filling your way. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 14:33:54 EST I'm going to do this! I'm a 63-year old woman who is changing my life by eating vegetarian meals (no dairy or eggs) and stepping up my exercise program. I have high cholesterol and arthritis in my shoulders, hips and back. I'm scheduled to have shoulder replacement surgery in January 2014 so I am losing weight and getting healthier in general to aid in my recovery. I came across this website through AARP's website. I usually don't get on my computer every day so I will have to get used to checking in daily or at l... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 23:31:51 EST walking groups in carrollton georgia or nearby anyone on here from carrollton villa rica whitesburg bremen temple who have walking froups excercise groups who particpate weekly Sun, 27 Oct 2013 09:54:23 EST sickofit Sick of feeling bad and feeling bulky. I refer to myself as chubby. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 00:56:59 EST New to site. Dropping by to say hello! I live in Fayetteville (Just South of Atlanta). Joined gym Sat, been 2 times this week so far. Trying to get in the grove of things. Gym has free classes (Zumba, etc) for first month. Have never tried Zumba, but it looks fun. Looking for anyone in the Fayetteville or Fayette Co area on this site. Would like to "buddy up", and help each other out. I CAN AND WILL DO THIS... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 00:19:38 EST re-introducing myself Hi - my name is Anne, and I'm in the Decatur GA area (un-incorporated, closer to Stone Mountain). <BR> <BR> Message me if you want to take a walk ... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 15:17:28 EST Hello Spark Family Hi, my name is Lorriane and I am hoping to get off the roller coaster diets and learn how to lose and maintain. Any pointers that you may have are very much welcome.. Tue, 8 Oct 2013 22:13:06 EST Not so new here! I've been around this site and a member of this team for a good while now but did not utilize it to my advantage. I have returned in search of inspiring friends, support, and good advice on a lot of topics as I am to the point of being sick and tired of being sick and tired....of MY attitude towards weight loss. I understand that I must make a lifestyle change to be successful and I am aware that it all starts with me however I am desperately in need of outside motivation and encouragement. ... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:16:30 EST Anyone in Woodstock? Looking for any body to work out with in the woodstock area Tue, 24 Sep 2013 13:23:43 EST Walking Buddy - Warner Robins, GA Just retired. Looking for a walking buddy in the Warner Robins/Highway 96 area. Fri, 6 Sep 2013 08:40:22 EST Help me. In desperate need of some motivation Hi my name is Shameka. I'm 30 years old with a 2 year old son that's full of energy. I've been trying to loose 30lbs for a little over a year now. I'll start my diet and stay on it for about a month or so loosing 5-10lbs and then i'll fall off. Loosing my motivation and gaining all the weight back. I need help. I'm currently at 210 and I'm trying to get to 180. Mon, 2 Sep 2013 17:21:46 EST Looking for Buddies in the Cartersville area wanting a partner to walk with. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 19:34:03 EST Melissa from Duluth Hi, I'm Melissa from Duluth! I'm nearing my 34th birthday in days and I feel like an old woman in a young woman's (out of shape) body. I've had knee, shoulder pain for the majority of 13 years. I just recently began having joint pain (carpal tunnel), plus nerve issues. My ANA levels tested positive, but all further tests came back negative. Now I'm dealing with low Vitamin D and excess protein in my urine, pending more tests this week. I have been eating healthy for a few months, with oc... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 20:20:57 EST New to the Group Hi Everyone, <BR> I'm new here. I put on 40 pounds in the last 2-3 years. I feel terrible. I'm determined to get to 190 pounds before my 50th birthday in 2014. With a solid plan, I should get there. I'm north of Atlanta. Look forward to seeing everyone's successes and suggestions. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 15:46:58 EST Thank you for the warm welcome! Look forward to sharing this journey with my spark friends. <em>223</em> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 23:13:31 EST New to Georgia Hi Georgia Spark Friends, I just moved here from NY ( been here for 3 weeks) I am very new to the area. I have many friends/family who moved to NC,SC,IN,FL but I am the first to move to GA. I want to keep on my healthy journey with some support and encouragement as I start this new chapter in my life. If anyone has any great advice on places to walk/run, fitness center to join, farmers markets for fresh produce etc... I will be so grateful. Who knows, maybe I can meet a spark buddy to work ou... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 20:34:58 EST Joining the team if you'll have me! Just wanted to say hello and I look forward to being a part of this team. We moved to Georgia 3 years ago and I live in the Acworth/Cartersville area. I don't know anyone here in Georgia besides relatives and am hoping to meet others from spark in my section of the state for moral support of one another. <BR> <BR> I have been a member of spark for several years but just lost all motivation over the past 4 years and all but disappeared due to a lot of things going on in my life, such as deal... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 17:34:40 EST My kid is off to College now it's time for me! Hello all, I have been a stay at home Mom for 18 years. My only child is off to College and I've decided it's time to take care of myself now. I've got 60 lbs. of baby weight to lose, and sure could use some support. <BR> Looking forward to this time for myself. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 19:42:22 EST Hello from a Newbie I was the Office Administrator / Marketing Coordinator for the Atlanta Regional Office of a large International Architecture and Engineering firm; however I recently took an early retirement. I am now a group fitness instructor for Healthways SilverSneakers. I am also studying to be a personal trainer. In addition, I am a licensed, ordained minister and am involved in various "ministries." Two years ago when I retired, I weighed 180 lbs and could barely get around. I still have weight ... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 08:48:19 EST Weekly Weigh In Heaviest = 224 <BR> Started = 205 <BR> Current = 196.6 <em>244</em> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 08:58:00 EST Papers3042 I am 52 and need to lose a lot of weight. I was here before but I only tracked my food and did some of the exercises. I do not remember if it had healthy recipes back then but that part of it will help me. Eating the right kinds of food will help too. I am determined to lose the weight and get healthy. Sun, 28 Jul 2013 16:20:41 EST Hello GA!!! Hello All! I've been here before and didnt stick with it. I am back now and I am fighting what I used to think, was a losing battle against Type 2 Diabetes. Making progress to lose the weight, eat the right foods, drink my water, take my meds and exercise! Born and raised in Georgia and as of recently, I am almost starting to like outdoors lol!! <em>381</em> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 13:11:17 EST Peachtree Road race July 4, 2014 Anyone do the race this year? <BR> <BR> The rain held off but Piedmont park was a muddy mess. Lots of nice running shoes ruined. I completed it for the third year in a row but my time has gone down hill (due to my weight going up). I walked some this year for the first time. I hope to shed some pounds and do better next year (no walking breaks). <BR> <BR> It would be nice to have a group that plans on doing the 2014 Peachtree. <BR> <BR> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 19:33:13 EST Do over! Hey folks, I'm Eddie. I'm 52 years old and have a problem controlling my weight. I'm 6'5" and about 290 pounds and have worked out for years but diet and beer keep me from reaching my goals. I'm married for a wonderful wife of 30 years and have two great dogs. I enjoy jogging, gym, gardening and guitar. <BR> <BR> Over the past 4 years I have been as high as 325 pounds and as low as 235 pounds. I have used fitday to track food and exercise for about 4 years and needed some changes to see if ... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 19:56:32 EST hello i am new to the team <em>381</em> I am 46. Just celebrated a birthday on july 13 th. I have been over weight and out of shape for more than 10 years. I am ready to change my lifestyle and my way of living by losing weight, change my eating habits and get fit. I recently had the lapband surgery and I am still adjusting to the changes. But I feel a difference. I look forward meeting all team members. Let's all get fit together. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 22:46:14 EST Hello, I am New Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Tracy. I am new to sparkpeople and excited to start this journey. I was with weight watchers online last year and dropped 25 pounds, but I fell in November and yadadada, I gained it all back :-(. My first goal is to lose about 32 lbs and more importantly, regain control of my blood sugar (I am diabetic). I work full time and attend college (9-12 hrs/semester), I am married and our combined children are grown and we have 3 adorable grandchildren. So, I am ... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 14:15:28 EST hard to keep up what will it tale I am having a very hard time to keep up to a diet Thu, 18 Jul 2013 23:30:57 EST Hello...New to the team and the State. Hi. Happy to find y'all. Thank you for having me! I am new to the Spark team and to Georgia. Looking for some fitness buddy's in the Lithonia area. Looking forward to making some great connections. Sun, 14 Jul 2013 00:59:39 EST Looking for a buddy I live in the Wilkinson Co/Baldwin Co area and I am looking for a walking buddy in my area who will help keep me on track. I have some health problems. Sun, 7 Jul 2013 14:22:19 EST Sukerblue-Slow And Steady Does The Job Hi Everyone, <BR> I will use this 28 day challenge to support my need for consistency with fitness, water consumption, and staying within my SparkPeople calorie range. My goal is to lose 14 additional pounds by October 2013. Started 169 lbs., current weight 162 lbs., goal weight148 lbs. Fri, 5 Jul 2013 06:09:30 EST NEED A BULLY IN HIRAM / POWDER SPRINGS!!!! Hey, I live in Hiram near Powder Springs and I am desperately seeking a buddy to exercise with. I am very close to the Silver Comet Trail and I also have a membership to In Tune Fitness. I am open to anywhere close by however. Please message me via sparkmail or I can be reached at <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> <BR> LaToya Sat, 22 Jun 2013 16:20:19 EST Hello! I am new to this team, not so new to Sparkpeople. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I started last October and did pretty well until I got sick in February. Had a bit of a backslide because of that, but now I'm on track!! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 09:49:02 EST I'm a SparkPeople Newbie Hi Everyone, I have posting anxiety. It has taken me a while to work up the nerve to introduce myself. I'm an over 40 mother of twin 8 year olds and I need to lose over 50 lbs. I've been excited about this site and all the people who have worked hard and lost weight. I hope to join your ranks. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 17:31:25 EST Ren Fest Have any of you been do the Renaissance Festival this year? How do you deal with Turkey Legs and FOOD everywhere? I can't wait to go...I love that place! <BR> Tue, 21 May 2013 08:20:23 EST Duluth/Law renceville Hey hey! If you are looking for a buddy and a good workout come see me at Z Fitness Studio (off old Peachtree) I would love to see some spark friends in my class! Tue, 14 May 2013 09:19:52 EST Hello all! New here and excited! Hello everyone! :) My name is Breyanna, I am 20 years old and have decided to really embark on my weight loss journey. I have been overweight most of my life, have dieted off and on, but never truly dug my heels in to just DO IT! I joined a gym two weeks ago and have totally changed my eating habits, but I needed somewhere like SparkPeople to help encourage me to KEEP GOING! So a little bit about myself outside of that, I ride, train and show horses. They are my passion! I love animals of all... Mon, 13 May 2013 14:54:14 EST Living with Agoraphobia / trying to manage weight Hi, I am Mori. I joined to Spark to help me lose weight and loer my cholesterol levels. This is a big challenge for me as I am Bi-Polar and suffer from Agoraphobia with panic disorder. I am in a fight for my life in many ways. I look forward to meeting everyone and especially those who may share my challenges. Thanks and Good Luck to ALL! Thu, 9 May 2013 11:47:14 EST New/looking for friends in the Gilmer/fannin area. Hello.. I am very new to the site and figure making some friends on here can only help with the motivation process.. <BR> <BR> Im 25.. Taken.. and very interested in a work out partner/motivator!!! My issue since I have gained weight has been the motivation.. I have health issues that have helped cause my weight increase.. but from tracking my food I suppose I can understand the why Its really hard growing up in a place that the main course is always meat and potatoes.. Sat, 4 May 2013 00:26:05 EST Walk/Hike up Stone Mountain Who would like to join me to hike/walk up Stone Mountain? We could plan a lunch at the top and then hike back down? Who's in? Thu, 2 May 2013 14:48:14 EST introduction hi.trying this site to try to loose some weight.good luck to all Wed, 1 May 2013 16:05:07 EST hello brittany my name is brittany. i am 27 yrs old and i am from georgia. i have been overweight my entire life. just have always ate the wrong types of foods and hated to exercise and this is the result of that: i am 27 yrs old and weigh 275. i have back pain several times a month. in the last few months i have started having extreme pain in my left ankle sometimes to the point where it is difficult to walk. usually have little to no energy. and of course there are the stares and whispers and comments whe... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 02:30:56 EST Saying hello Just wanted to send a shout out!! I am new as of today. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 09:36:08 EST Man in Woodstock Need accountability partner. I'm a dad and husband looking for a guy to connect with to help me reach my weightless goals. Sat, 27 Apr 2013 22:00:29 EST FODAC 2 mil or 5 mil- May 4th - w/Aimee Copeland <link><BR>may-5-at-confederate-hall-in-stone-mou<BR>ntain-park/ </link> <BR> Friends of Disabled Adults and Children's annual fundraiser is at Stone Mountain park on May 4th. There is a 5 mile & a 2 mile run/walk. <BR> <BR> Aimee Copeland will be there (she was in the news last year because she lost her limbs to 'flesh eating' virus). <BR> <BR> you can sign up to run or walk, you can start or join a team, or sponsor a participant. <BR> <BR> hope to s... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 05:05:43 EST Newbie here Hello all. My name is Dawn. I am new to Spark People, so just trying to figure it all out. Sat, 13 Apr 2013 10:57:22 EST Hello! I am new at this but I am looking forward to it. I am really motivated and look forward to making some new friends! Wed, 10 Apr 2013 18:53:57 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 7 -13 ) ANCIENT GREEK QUOTES II <BR> ======================== <BR> <BR> 1)Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. <BR> Plato <BR> <BR> 2)People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die. <BR> Plato <BR> <BR> 3)I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. <BR> Plutarch <BR> <BR> 4)An imbalance betwee... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 00:23:11 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 31- April 6 ) <BR> 1)There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself - an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly. <BR> Antisthenes <BR> <BR> 2)Observe your enemies, for they first find out your faults. <BR> Antisthenes <BR> <BR> 3)A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 00:03:37 EST Renissa J Hello all I am a very active 32 year old single mother. I have sever food allergies to nuts and fish. I also had Gastric Bypass in March of 2009 and I want to get back on track, beause I have more weight I want to loose. Any suggestions are helpful espeially my bariatric surgery people out there. As you know it's hard and right now I need the right track to get on. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 11:54:54 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 24 -30 ) QUOTES ON FRIENDS <BR> ====================== <BR> 1) The enemy of my enemy is my friend. <BR> -Arabic Proverb <BR> <BR> 2) A friend is known when needed. <BR> -Arabic Proverb <BR> <BR> 3) Do not tell a friend anything you would conceal from an enemy. <BR> -Arabic Proverb <BR> <BR> 4) No one is rich enough to do without a neighbor. <BR> -Danish proverb <BR> <BR> 5) You may poke a man's fire after you've known him for seven years. <BR> -English Proverb <BR> <BR> 6) Friends are like fiddle... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 21:01:53 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 17- 23 ) <BR> 1)Absurdity. A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion. <BR> -Ambrose Bierce <BR> <BR> 2)Adventure is not outside; it is within. <BR> -Ray Stannard Baker [David Grayson] <BR> <BR> 3)A great fortune depends on luck, a small one on diligence. <BR> -Chinese Proverb <BR> <BR> 4)Behind every great fortune there is a crime. <BR> -Honore de Balzac <BR> <BR> 5)He that flatters you more than you desire either has deceived you or wishes to deceive. <BR> -Italian Pr... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 20:47:33 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 10- 16 ) QUOTES ON FOOD <BR> ================= <BR> <BR> 1)He who eats alone chokes alone <BR> Arabic Proverb <BR> <BR> 2)A good meal ought to begin with hunger. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Appetite comes with eating; the more one has, the more one would have. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4) He that eats till he is sick must fast till he is well. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)Seven's a banquet nine a brawl. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 6)Much meat, much disease. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 7)Put a knife to th... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 20:27:48 EST Just Became A New Member. Hi everyone, I am a new member and my primary goal is to feel good mind, body and spirit. In order to help me accomplish this goal, I want to lose the extra 30 pounds I've gain over the years. It is wonderful to be apart of a supportive website that gives me the encouragement and tools I need to help me on this journey. One of the reason I joined, was because of the great blogs and stories I have read about the same issues and concerns I face, how to overcome those things and to be inspired... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 10:16:20 EST Bizzybje is changing her world one day at a time. Hi All, <BR> I recently lost 18 lbs and have 7 to go to reach my goal. I am interested in being part of a motivational group of like minded people. I have completely changed the way I eat and am looking for a long term "food plan" to successfully keep it off and be healthy. Has anyone heard of the "Cinch" eating plan...It really sounds interesting and less cumbersome than having to count calories, carbs, proteins, etc. Send me some feedback! Wed, 20 Mar 2013 09:54:46 EST Hi :) Hi Sp, <BR> I've just now decided to start my weight loss journey with the goals to get healthy, run a 5k and lose 35lbs in the process. I heard that this site is really helpful and that making friends with fellow sparkers makes the journey a little bit easier. I welcome any advice. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 15:11:37 EST Trying to do the right thing Morning Spark Family. I am new to this arena and still trying to find time to explore (actually trying still trying to find time to do everything that I need to do). Quickly about me I am a married 37 year old with 3 teenagers in the house. I work full time and I am an avid Band Parent as all 3 kids play in their high schools marching band. <BR> <BR> I joined spark people hoping to try and find a way to motivate myself, but I guess motivation needs to start from within. My family isn't c... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 09:59:20 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 3 - 9 ) QUOTES ON FORGIVENESS <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>--------- <BR> 1) Repentance won't cure mischief. <BR> -Scottish Proverb <BR> <BR> 2)Forgiveness is love in its most noble form. <BR> -Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Never repeat old grievances. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)A reconciled friend is a double enemy. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)Those that do you a very ill deed will never forgive you. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 6)If I die, I forgive you. If I live we shall see. <BR> Ano... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 01:25:01 EST 60 Day Challenge!! Hello everyone!! <BR> <BR> This is for all you Sparksters that are ready for a new challenge!! Are ready to really pump things up?!?! <BR> <BR> The 60 day challenge team is for those dedicated to changing living a healthier lifestyle for the next 60 days. You can stick to a specific exercise regimen, practice healthy eating, or (and preferably) both!!! Once you join this team, a detailed plan will be automatically sent to you via Spark Mail. However, since we want everyone to feel comforta... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 00:59:06 EST itsamegambit I'm really tired of being fat. I don't feel comfortable in my own skin and I don't feel confident. I'm in my last year of school and I'm going to be starting a new career next year so it is imperative that I lose weight so I can put my best foot forward. I know I can do it, I just need a little help (and don't we all!?) Wed, 13 Mar 2013 14:42:44 EST itsamegambit Macon, GA here. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 14:42:05 EST Hello from Temple, GA My name is Dare'. Yesterday was my 1st day on this site. I live in Temple, GA and have lived in Carroll County most of my life. I am currently unemployed and ready to take charge of my life. I have 4 children and 4 grandchildren who mean the world to me. I am so excited about this new adventure in my life and really excited about this web-site and the Spark Georgia Team. GO GEORGIA..... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 01:59:23 EST Who is this in the mirror? Hi everyone!! My name is Lori. I found this site in 2009 and never really got started,lost no weight, in fact gained so much that when I look in the mirror, I don't know who that person is staring back at me!! She looks so unhappy and defeated like she is carrying the whole world on her shoulders,like her weight, and she is TIRED,all the time and even though she hates her image, she can't even find the strength to motivate herself to change, she doesn't know if she can,but she wants to and ha... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 23:47:00 EST Looking for a hiking buddy now that Spring is here I skrewed up on my exercise routine, gained weight and now am starting all over. Who lives in my area and needs a workout buddy to keep you motivated? Well here I am. Sat, 9 Mar 2013 00:04:07 EST I am alive and well It has has been rough for the last 18 months, I have lost a lot and gained more. currently I am recovering from surgery and not able to work out like I want to.In the meantime I am taking eating healthy classes and started a tai chi course. I am very disappointed that I am not allowed to roller skate yet , but the doctor did say I can take my favorite spin class with low intensity. So you see I have slowed down quit a bit but I still alive and well. Fri, 8 Mar 2013 10:09:21 EST HI My name is Jessica and I'm from way down in south Georgia, about 90 miles from the Florida line. I was born and raised here and I love living here even though it's miserable hot in the summer time lol! I have a 3 year old daughter who keeps me busy at all times, having a child is the most amazing thing I've ever experienced and I believe this is my sole purpose in life. I'm on a mission to lose 30lbs by fingers crossed I'll get there. Sun, 3 Mar 2013 22:48:38 EST Hello Everyone! Good Morning! I have joined SP a little over a month ago, and was excited at first, but have not kept up with the site. I am trying again to stay connected and motivated to workout and eat healthy. I am 28 years old with not much weight to lose, but I need some toning. I have been a vegetarian for over 4 years and I believe that has been one of the best decisions in my life! I am on here to get healthier food ideas, motivation to workout daily, and to try and help others achieve their goals.... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 05:09:48 EST sort of newbie Not really new here but never posted before. Don't have a lot of time. I do a fit/boot camp all the time but due to budget reasons have to forgo for the next month. I need to find a good work-out program (that I can do at the gym) other than treadmills etc. I need weight lifting or strength training also. Just not sure how to go about setting a program up for myself, (upper body/lower body and core). Any one know of a place I can find this and put a program together for myself? TIA Wed, 27 Feb 2013 10:39:30 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 24 - March 2 ) 1)We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started. <BR> Henry Ward Beecher <BR> <BR> 2)Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. <BR> Aristotle <BR> <BR> 3)Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude. <BR> Ralp... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 01:10:38 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 17- 23) 1) Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 2)The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury. <BR> Charlie Chaplin <BR> <BR> 3)If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever. <BR> George Orwell <BR> <BR> 4)The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” <BR> Augustine of Hippo <BR> <BR> 5)Travel brings power and love back into your life.” <BR> Rumi <BR> <... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 00:56:37 EST Hi My name is Jan and I live in NorthWest Ga, Rocky Face and work in Marietta. I'm 66 and probably will work for a hundred more years. We have a horse farm and have Egyptian Arabian horses, a couple of little donkeys and 12 chickens & 2 dogs. I've just started piano lessons and my brain also needs a bit of help along with my left hand!!!! <BR> <BR> I need help with getting rid of the extra pounds on this body (about 35# less would be nice.) Have typical aches and pains one gets with age an... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:14:36 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 10-16) QUOTES BY ARISTOTLE <BR> ====================== <BR> <BR> 1)We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. <BR> <BR> 2)Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.. <BR> <BR> 3)It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. <BR> <BR> 4)... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 03:06:55 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 3 - 9 ) QUOTES ON LOVE <BR> ================ <BR> <BR> 1)Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. <BR> Lao Tzu <BR> <BR> 2)Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. <BR> Aristotle <BR> <BR> 3)Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.' <BR> Erich Fromm <BR> <BR> 4)Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 02:48:45 EST New place, new start Hello, everyone!! I'm Diane. I was a member of SparkPeople some time ago and liked it pretty well. Then I moved and everything was a mess for a while. Now I'm basically settled in my new location and need to get back into a healthy lifestyle routine (or least try my best toward this goal). I don't really have any friends or family around and am hoping to make some online friends. So, if you ever need/want to chat, please feel free to message me. Best wishes, all!! Thu, 21 Feb 2013 11:32:54 EST Hi, Hola, Bonjour :) Hey SP, <BR> I'm definitely not a newbie to sparkpeople but i've just now decided that it's time for me to introduce myself to yall nd try to make friends along this journey. When it comes to trying to lose weight, i've tried all the crazy and downright ridiculous diets and learned that there's no easy way or magic pill so I buckled down and loss a total of 24lbs through hard work and dedication. I still have a long way to go so i'll need as much support and motivation as i can get so If you'... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 21:16:13 EST Marietta/Ken esaw/Roswell So I'm close to all three of these locations. I'm interested in finding a work out partner or even just someone to keep each other in check to keep up with our goals. I'm a mom, so mommy's days works great or just alone time. :) Wed, 13 Feb 2013 15:40:42 EST New to the site I have been trying to lose weight for years and have tried several diets with no success. I don't like restriction and I have yet to get control of my emotional eating. My baby is 9 months and would like to get out of my maternity jeans before she turns 1. I'm going to try baby steps and only weigh myself 1 a week. This site has some very good tools and can wait to hope get some much needed support. Tue, 5 Feb 2013 18:19:47 EST Macon Georgia Hello all, <BR> I am new to this site. If this is not posted correctly, so sorry. <BR> I am looking for others in the Macon area that are trying to lose weight. <BR> Maybe we can make a local support group. <BR> Thanks, <BR> Joy Mon, 4 Feb 2013 11:52:12 EST Hello Hi, It's not my first time at Spark, but my first time here (I think!). I have a lung disease and type 2 diabetes. The Dr. put me on prednisone which made my blood sugar and weight worse. I came off the pred. and with the help of Spark lost the first 30 but start having depression and the Dr decided I needed another round of pred. for the lungs. I'm off that now and back here to lose the weight and get my health back. It's a catch 22 with this. The other two illness worsen my depression and b... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 18:20:33 EST Walking Buddy Sugar Hill/Buford area Hey, My name is Pam and I weigh over 300 lbs. and have knee problems. I need a walking partner in my area who can go walk during the day and stay on my case about doing it consistently. Anyone want to rise to the challenge with me? Fri, 1 Feb 2013 12:57:23 EST Hey Guys My name is Jasmine and I am so excited about starting my weight loss journey. I started at 303 pounds and now I'm currently at 289 and I still see myself shrinking. I found this website and need you all help on tips for fitness for beginners. Please become my friend and help reach my short term goal to be at 250 pounds. Wed, 30 Jan 2013 14:28:53 EST Work-out Buddy in Bonaire GA Hey my name is Erica. I live in Bonaire Ga near Warner Robins and I could definitely use a work out buddy. I'm a member of Kinetix Gym on Hwy 96. Let me know Mon, 28 Jan 2013 15:40:10 EST Trying to get motivated My name is Erica and I'm 30 years old. I've struggled with my weight since near the end of high school. I've been off and on in the gym and it seems like I just cant maintain my motivation. I recently moved and for some reason I felt on top of the world. I had so much energy, so I decided to get a trainer and sign up with a gym. For the past month I've been completely off track. I haven't worked out, I haven't been eating right. I have no energy to do much of anything. My doctor put my on blo... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 15:18:46 EST Hi everyone! Like a lot of other Sparkpeople members, I joined because I figure I have wasted enough of my life being fat. I wasn't overweight when I was younger, but got this way because I became too busy to exercise or take the time to eat properly. Then when I realized I had a real problem it was so far advanced that for a long time I was too discouraged to do anything about it. But reading other people's success stories is really inspiring, so I'm going to give it a shot. I plan to lose weight by goi... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 16:58:37 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 27 - Feb 2 ) QUOTES ON TRUST <BR> ==================== <BR> <BR> 1)Trust is to human relationships what faith is to gospel living. It is the beginning place, the foundation upon which more can be built. Where trust is, love can flourish. <BR> Barbara Smith <BR> <BR> 2)I always trust my gut reaction; it's always right. <BR> Kiana Tom <BR> <BR> 3)The more you trust your intuition, the more empowered you become, the stronger you become, and the happier you become. <BR> Gisele Bundchen <BR> <BR> 4)A lie c... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 20:59:20 EST New SE GA mom seeing life a lot differently Hi everyone. I know it's been said time and time again, "A baby will totally change your life," but until you have actually experienced that change, you're clueless! At least I was. I am 40 years old and just had my first child (yes some of you just freaked out). I'm JUST starting, and what is incredible is how I am looking and life now. I want to be around for him and his children, so I know because I'm already 20 years behind most people, it is really going to take me being more serious abo... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 13:44:30 EST Hi! Hi, <BR> <BR> I am a GA housewife with 3 little girls. I am 40 and have 42 pounds to lose. I am committed to making sure my children know how to live a healthy lifestyle. The first step to make that happen is to lose the weight I need and live an active and productive life. My oldest daughter is the one that I'm worried about. She HATES veggies and fruit and loves junk. I am introducing veggies and fruit slowly but so far she is against it. Any suggestions you all might have to help me with ... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 12:03:12 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 20 -26 ) 1)The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart. <BR> Buddha <BR> <BR> 2)Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. <BR> Buddha <BR> <BR> 3)Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself. <BR> Khalil Gibran <BR> <BR> 4)I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; ye... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:44:36 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 13 -19 )) 1)You may delay, but time will not. <BR> Benjamin Franklin <BR> <BR> 2)By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher. <BR> Socrates <BR> <BR> 3)As for me, all I know is that I know nothing. <BR> Socrates <BR> <BR> 4)A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 5)Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage ... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:25:56 EST Hi My name is LeAnna. I am just trying 50 to 60 lbs because I have low self esteem. I want to feel confident and not be worried at how fat I am.. I am going to be doing everything possible for me to lose weight this year without any hesitation. Nothing can stand in my way... My motto is " Train Insane or Remain the Same!" Mon, 21 Jan 2013 14:36:33 EST Its me again!! I am new on here...but I am very determined to lose this weight that I have been dragging around with me for the last 7 years... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 12:42:19 EST Not new to SparkPeople, but new to message boards. Hi, I'm Vickie and I had resigned to being overweight until I found out I had diabetes (type 2). Something about those words triggered something in my head and I started cutting out foods that I thought would make me have a high reading, then I noticed I was losing weight.......YEA!!!! I've lost 54 pounds since April 2012 and look to lose that much this year (or more) My sugar levels have dropped to well within range (still on the meds right now though) and my LDL is down to 95 (was 118)....... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 15:08:15 EST looking for a buddy in Northeast GA I live near Helen GA and would like to find a buddy in this area Tue, 15 Jan 2013 22:08:35 EST Hello all!! First and foremost, my name is Krystal and I am 25 years old. I am starting this journey tipping the scales ove 200 lbs. I can remember a time when I never had to worry about what I ate, but that seems like forever ago. My "normal" weight used to be 150 lbs, standing at 5'5. However, after 3 kids, college, work, a fiance, and a home to take care of; I stopped worrying about me. I have tried to lose weight over and over again, and it works (as long as I am commited), but I can't stay commited ... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 08:25:51 EST Kicking sugar! I just signed up today, but am worried I will sabatoge myself! I have a major problem with sugar and caffiene. I can honestly say that I drink most of my calories and sugars. Tea, coffee and soda are my biggest enemy and biggest habits. I'm a sugar and caffiene junky! Any advice? I have never really tried to come off either so I'm not sure how difficult it will really be, but I do know that I will miss the sugar at first. Don't really enjoy black coffee or unsweetened tea. Southern girl here!... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 15:50:40 EST Kicking sugar! I just signed up today, but am worried I will sabatoge myself! I have a major problem with sugar and caffiene. I can honestly say that I drink most of my calories and sugars. Tea, coffee and soda are my biggest enemy and biggest habits. I'm a sugar and caffiene junky! Any advice? I have never really tried to come off either so I'm not sure how difficult it will really be, but I do know that I will miss the sugar at first. Don't really enjoy black coffee or unsweetened tea. Southern girl here!... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 15:50:40 EST My intro... Hi, I finally got enough nerve to post an introduction on the board. I joined SparkPeople so I could be apart of a bigger effort in getting fit. I'm shooting for less stress, to loose 20lbs and to learn how to eat healthier. I love the out doors...gardening, walking and just sight seeing. I'm looking forward to being a more active part of the team and even though my name is Jayman I'm not a man, my grandson helped with signing me up!! Thu, 10 Jan 2013 19:58:43 EST Anyone in the Douglasville area? Hey y'all! I'm a 21 year old living in Douglasville looking for a workout/running partner? Anyone out there fit the bill? Thu, 10 Jan 2013 14:49:59 EST Anyone from the Gwinnett area? I just signed up to take a Combat fitness class. Anyone want to join me? <BR> <BR> OMG!! I have just committed to getting my butt kicked, chewed up and spit out by Mr. Chad Hill!!! Ok so it won't be that bad and if I can do it so can you. Come join us! <BR><BR>5934041/ <link><BR>86265934041/ </link> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 08:49:58 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 6 - 12) 1)Giving up doesn't always mean you are weak; sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2)God is closest to those with broken hearts. <BR> Jewish Saying <BR> <BR> 3)Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. <BR> M. Kathleen Casey <BR> <BR> 4)Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars. <BR> Les Brown <BR> <BR> 5)Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. <BR> Henry Ford <BR> <BR> 6)It ... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 23:08:53 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 30 -Jan 5) 1)Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong. <BR> Ayn Rand <BR> <BR> 2)You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist. <BR> Friedrich Nietzsche <BR> <BR> 3)By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired. <BR> Franz Kafka <BR> <BR> 4)The gr... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 22:50:02 EST A-Z winter favorites A- apple cider Wed, 9 Jan 2013 05:45:28 EST Any Southwest Georgia SparkPeople? It would be fun to have a buddy. Tue, 8 Jan 2013 16:30:54 EST SO happy to be back! Hey everyone. I am afraid to even type/say this, but I have not been on here in nearly 4 years. I am BACKKKKK though. :) I was hoping to find out what are some of the changes on here and seeing if anyone knew of any beginnner running classes/groups in the cobb county area. <BR> <BR> Also, anyone doing any interesting 5Ks in the coming months? I just saw Biggest Loser is having an event in early March. Anyone doing that? <BR> <BR> Can't wait to connect with some people. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 21:46:33 EST Hey guys! Hey guys. My name is Anthony and I am new to Sparkpeople. I used to be a pretty fit person who exercised regularly. As of late, I have hit a lazy spell and I am currently at my heaviest weight ever. I hope this plan will get me back on track. I appreciate all the encouragement and advice you are willing to offer. Fri, 4 Jan 2013 01:21:48 EST Learning the ropes I am a 47 year old elementary school teacher from Gainesville. Though I have always struggled with my weight, I managed to stay at a healthy weight until I hit my 40s. Since then I have been in a cycle of losing weight only to run out of steam, go back to bad habits and gain it all back. I am hoping that by joining Spark People I will find the motivation and determination to succeed once and for all. I wish everyone a healthy New Year! Wed, 2 Jan 2013 19:59:30 EST Heya! So I'm Ara or Natasha, whatever you want to call me. I'm 23 years old and married to an amazing guy. We've decided to try to get healthy together, so we've went on a lower calorie diet. Anyway, I've always struggled with my weight and have always been on the heavier side. My weight has ballooned as I've been struggling with health issues, so I know I have a fight ahead of me, but I am ready for it this time. I am shooting to lose 30 lbs, but honestly have 50+ lbs to lose in all. <BR> <BR> W... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 12:29:12 EST 2013~ How did you work out today? Come on team let's get moving to the beat, turn that music up! <BR> <em>335</em> Team Leaders Mon, 31 Dec 2012 15:06:17 EST 2013~ Daily Log-in Points HAPPY NEW YEAR! <BR> <em>445</em> <em>411</em> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 14:48:56 EST 2013~ Emoticon your mood HAPPY NEW YEAR TEAM! <BR> <BR> Let's start the new year off right, get up... get moving... get losing! <BR> <BR> <BR> ~Your Team Leaders <em>445</em> <em>411</em> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 14:46:14 EST Let's Talk Service I had a horrible customer service experience today, since I am not a whiner I thought I would go out to my sparkbuddies and ask about "great" customer service experiences. Please share yours with me so I can lift my spirit fromthe torture of the day! Thanks Thu, 27 Dec 2012 21:56:41 EST Need a buddy in Dallas/Car rtersville area Would like to find a motivated buddy to keep me on track! I have never had a lot of luck sticking to a weight loss program, but I am DETERMINED to drop 50 pounds this year!!! Thu, 27 Dec 2012 14:41:54 EST hey everybody! My name is crystal. Just started with spark on Christmas day. What better time to decide to get in shape & lose weight than the holidays? I am married with three daughters. I don't want to lose alot of weight just eat healthier & exercise more. So far I've really enjoyed the site. This is the first time I've ever posted anything so I kind of don't know what to say. Y'all near with me I tend to shy & a but of a loner. So I'll just say nice to meet y'all! Thu, 27 Dec 2012 14:04:03 EST Looking for a Buddy in Norcross (Peachtree Corners Hi, my name is Gina and I am looking for a workout buddy. I am an avid walker but would like to build up to running in local 5k races in 2013 to help continue my weight loss goal. I hope to find someone like minded that we can both encourage each other along the way to reach our goals. <BR> <BR> Thanks for taking to time to read. Tue, 25 Dec 2012 23:53:58 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 23 -29) <BR> CHRISTMAS QUOTES <BR> ====================== <BR> <BR> 1)Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. <BR> Calvin Coolidge <BR> <BR> 2)He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. <BR> Roy L. Smith <BR> <BR> 3)Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his cho... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 21:14:28 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 16- 22) <BR> 1)Never wear anything that panics the cat. <BR> P.J. O'Rourke <BR> <BR> 2)Ever occur to you why some of us can be this much concerned with animals suffering? Because government is not. Why not? Animals don't vote. <BR> Paul Harvey <BR> <BR> 3)Never ruin an apology with an excuse. <BR> Kimberly Johnson <BR> <BR> 4)True remorse is never just a regret over consequence; it is a regret over motive. <BR> Mignon McLaughlin <BR> <BR> <BR> 5)It's easier to apologize than ask for permission.... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 20:58:11 EST hiya! My name is Rhonda. I have been overweight all my life. I want that to change for me and my family. Fri, 21 Dec 2012 02:52:41 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 9-15) <BR> 1)We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them. <BR> -Francois de la Rochefoucauld <BR> <BR> 2)You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do. <BR> -Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> <BR> 3) I cannot believe that t... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 01:40:00 EST Newbie here Hi everyone. I am new to this program and figure I can use all the support I can get. It is really difficult to put myself out there like this. I am very ashamed of myself right now and I hate going out in public. A year and a half ago, I weighed 135 lbs. Now, I weigh 190. I am 5' 1". I am tired of being ashamed of myself. So here I am. I'm not really sure how this works, but I'm trying. Sat, 15 Dec 2012 02:58:02 EST Working on the NEW me! Hello All! <BR> <BR> I'm Keema and have gotten really tired of the yo yo dieting! I've lost 25lbs in the past but have gained 10 - 15 of those pounds back. My goal is the lose 15 - 20lbs and learn how to keep it off while enjoying my life. Thank goodness I'm an active person because otherwise this may be a scary journey!! Tue, 11 Dec 2012 15:40:10 EST Sheila's surgery is today, 12/10/2012 Sheila, MCDIDDLYD, is having knee surgery today. On her page, she asks that we keep her in prayer. I thought it would be nice if we drop by her page and leave her goodies while she's away. How fun it will be to come back to so many get well wishes. Here's a link to her page: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>DIDDLYD </link> <BR> <BR> She does so much for us as team leader, it is nice to remember her while she's recuperating. Mon, 10 Dec 2012 13:10:36 EST I am going to need all of the support I can get! I am finally doing something for myself after all of this time and I am ready to give it all I have... Please show that you support me by letting me know if I motivate you. Tue, 4 Dec 2012 07:30:11 EST I am going to need all of the support I can get! I am finally doing something for myself after all of this time and I am ready to give it all I have... Please show that you support me by letting me know if I motivate you. Tue, 4 Dec 2012 07:23:27 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 2 - 8) 1)Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die. <BR> Anne Lamott <BR> <BR> 2)When you begin a journey of revenge, start by digging two graves: one for your enemy, and one for yourself. <BR> &#8213;Jodi Picoult, Nineteen Minutes <BR> <BR> <BR> 3)The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury. <BR> Marcus Aurelius, Meditations <BR> <BR> 4)There will always be someone who will stab you in the back, if not, you are that person. <BR> Anonymous <B... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 18:58:44 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 25 - Dec 1 ) ) 1)A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man. <BR> Lana Turner <BR> <BR> 2)A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice. <BR> Bill Cosby <BR> <BR> 3)Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes. <BR> Jim Carrey <BR> <BR> 4) I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade... And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party. <BR> Ron... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 18:41:27 EST Brittany I'm Brittany, 21 yeaes old, a mommy, wife, vet tech, and trying to lose baby weight! Its been harder than anything to go from 115 to 135 lbs from having my son who is 19 months now. I gained 50 lbs during my pregnancy and habe had no luck getting back to my pre-baby weight. I work hard dieting and working out the first couple of weeks but I easily lose track and motivation. I really want to lose this weight and get down to 110 lbs which is average since im only 5'1! I hope to meet some other ... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 15:02:51 EST Hi... My friends call me Marlee Rayne Hello. <BR> I'm new to the site. I'm a 35 year old mother of 4 boys. I come here in a state of despair. I am sick and tired. I'm tired of making bad food choices. I'm tired of sitting on my butt, when I know that I should be working out. I know what I should be doing. But I lack motivation and will-power. My highest weight was 289lbs. That was 8 years ago. My lowest weight was 190lbs. My current weight is 195lbs. My goal weight is 150lbs. I've been dormant at 195 for quite some time now. And ... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 05:40:27 EST about me Hi everyone im new to this and needs motivation to help me get started. I am at the highest weight that i have ever been and are trying to lose weight. I would like to lose 50 lbs by the summer time but its hard bc i dont have time to exercise and eat all the wrong foods. Oh and soda and sweet tea are my weakness. Somebody please help me Sun, 25 Nov 2012 21:02:43 EST Hey everybody! My name is Melissa. I am new to Hoping to meet some new friends on this long journey. :) Sun, 25 Nov 2012 11:29:29 EST Hi, new here! Hi, I'm a 29 year old SaHM. I am struggling with staying motivated to lose weight. My goal is to lose 2 lbs per week for a total of 50 pounds lost. Any and all encouragement will be greatly appreciated! Fri, 23 Nov 2012 17:59:45 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 18- 24 ) 1)Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule. <BR> Buddha <BR> <BR> 2)Hatred is blind, as well as love. <BR> Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> 3)To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you. <BR> C.S. Lewis <BR> <BR> 4)Any fool knows men and women think differently at times, but the biggest difference is this. Men forget, but never forgive; women forgive, but never forget. <BR> Robert Jordan <BR> <BR> 5)Forgiveness... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 23:09:29 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 11 - 17 ) 1)The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance. <BR> Brian Tracy <BR> <BR> 2)All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. <BR> Walt Disney <BR> <BR> 3)All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. <BR> T. E. L... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 22:54:39 EST Newbie Hi, y'all! <BR> <BR> My husband and I moved (and expanded) our family to Atlanta 3.5 years ago. We are currently residing in Acworth but will be moving to Big Canoe or somewhere nearby in the North GA Mountains June 1st, after our 5 yr old completes preschool. We are originally from Central NY and so happy to be living here in such a beautiful, southern state where we priudly represent the Republican party. We believe in God, country and old fashioned values. Cannot wait to get moved up in ... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 10:49:23 EST Today I am thankful for..... Today I am thankful for my spark family. They are always there to cheer me on! <em>223</em> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 18:23:34 EST trying to become a better me i have had weight problem since i could rember i got down to 160 once and i loved every minute of it then i had to kids oldest 2 and youngest 1 and its been a terrible battle every since then but i am commited to becoming a better me Sat, 10 Nov 2012 02:33:55 EST Hello everyone Hi all. I am Shane, and I joined SparkPeople primarily to get advice and tips on learning to eat healthier. <BR> <BR> I have level|stage 1 hypertension, with my blood pressure hovering in the high 140's to low 150's. I am on medication to control it, but I am very interested in taking control of my health BACK from the pills, and moving to a healthier lifestyle so I can feel better, be more productive, and enjoy life with my family. <BR> <BR> My goals are to reduce my blood pressure and g... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 18:40:48 EST 36 pounds down, 40 more to go! Hi! I'm Melissa.. I have been trying to lose weight for forever.. and finally, I found something that works for me. My husband and I have completely changed the way we eat, and believe it or not, it's not too bad. Lots of sweet potatoes and avocados! We have been eating better since March, and I've lost about 36 pounds. I'm kind of at a stand still right now though, because my schedule is so full, I'm lucky to get a chance to eat at all. But, only another month or so and things should ... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 10:01:00 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 4 - 10 ) QUOTES ON FORGIVENESS <BR> ========================== <BR> <BR> 1)Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. <BR> John F. Kennedy <BR> <BR> 2)Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much. <BR> Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> 3)He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven. <BR> Thomas Fuller <BR> <BR> 4)When you forgive, you in no way change the past - but you sure do change the future. <BR> Bernard Meltz... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 11:12:41 EST Broken Record in Need of Repair I am so reluctant to travel down this road to healthier living because I don't want to fail again. I keep hoping that one day I will have the resolve to do this and keep doing it. I have taken the first of many steps today. I am very shaky and afraid and I'm not sure how I'm going to overcome some pretty serious obstacles, but I am here. I know myself too well to think I will be perfect every day, or to just go "cold turkey" on things like beer, but I will keep my eyes and ears open and t... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 16:20:15 EST My A-HA Moment Has Arrived Severe indigestion that doubled me over and "fat-created" raw places that stung finally did the trick. I've been a member for several years but just had to create a clean slate. This time will be different. <BR> <BR> I used to have "gumption", "die-hard determination", and a will like a "wild horse" but sometime in the last ten years my "got up and go" "got up and went". Chronic illness, surgeries, and the aging process have taken a toll on me. <BR> <BR> I just retired and should be e... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 06:45:17 EST Green tea? I have decided to give up black tea, and opt for the healthier green tea. The problem is, I don't know where to start? I have searched the internet, and there are too many to choose from. I even went on to check the reviews and try to narrow my search, but it didn't help at all. I'm looking for a simple organic green tea or green tea with mint. Loose leaf or bagged. So if anyone has any suggestions, I'm all ears. <em>304</em> Sat, 3 Nov 2012 04:11:55 EST introducing myself I just realized that I had joined several years ago but never used the account, and my first post was under that old username and account. So I deleted that, and here is my introduction again. Had totally forgotten that I had joined the site a few years ago, but never followed through. This time I will! <BR> <BR> I'm finally writing (at 6 am on Sunday morning) to introduce myself. Probably like everyone else here I have tried it all, from WW to HCG (which worked great but I never could maint... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 20:00:10 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 28 - Nov 3) HAPPINESS QUOTES <BR> ==================== <BR> <BR> 1)Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. <BR> Dalai Lama <BR> <BR> 2)Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. <BR> Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> 3)Don't wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you've got to make yourself. <BR> Alice Walker <BR> <BR> 4)Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action. <BR> Benjamin Disraeli <BR> ... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 22:44:41 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 21-27) PET QUOTES <BR> ============= <BR> <BR> 1)I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals. <BR> Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> 2)Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. <BR> Robert A. Heinlein <BR> <BR> 3)No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens. <BR> Abraham Lincoln <BR> <BR> 4)The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs. <BR> Charles de Gaulle <BR... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 22:37:12 EST new member saying hello I'm finally writing (at 6 am on Sunday morning) to introduce myself. Probably like everyone else here I have tried it all, from WW to HCG (which worked great but I never could maintain) to Dr Furman ( I would love to be able to stay committed to this lifestyle but washed out on that) to countless others. Many times I have gotten down to my goal weight (and immeditaely rushed off to have pictures done) only to bounce back plus some. I've been doing HCG on and off for about 3 years and while I ... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 08:33:44 EST Hello, I am back......again Hello all! Once again, I am back. I keep thinking that I can do this on my own, but I realize that I need all of the motivation and support that I can get. It frustrates me because I get sick and tired (or better yet, bored) of logging my daily intake and exercises but I know that by logging, I am held accountable for my actions. I have not created a Spark page yet, but I am getting there. I know that I have to get on track with my T2 diabetes or risk suffering the consequences. I need to sta... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 10:36:05 EST Much needed support and inspiration.... My name is Vanessa, I'm a mother of 5 grown children (almost I still have 2 at home). I've been trying to lose this weight for years, but can never stay motivated or have the inspiration I need to do so. I'm getting older and I know the older you get the harder it is to lose the weight. At this time I am truly dedicated to the weight lose just need someone in my corner...that little push you might say. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 14:32:40 EST Spark Community I love SparkPeople, but have not been active with the Community. Does it help? I don't want to swap computer games (which I have quit) with SparkPeople. Feedback? Sun, 21 Oct 2012 13:27:07 EST Need a buddy in Lakeland,Ga I am on a journey to find me again and I am finding it very lonely. I am looking for a walking buddy, nutrition buddy, venting buddy, whatever other buddy I forgot. Someone that is patient since I am/have been a very sedentary person. Hope to hear from someone. Have an excellent day. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 08:48:59 EST Need a buddy in Lakeland,Ga I am on a journey to find me again and I am finding it very lonely. I am looking for a walking buddy, nutrition buddy, venting buddy, whatever other buddy I forgot. Someone that is patient since I am/have been a very sedentary person. Hope to hear from someone. Have an excellent day. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 08:48:15 EST Hello I'm here and like most people, I'm tired of being fat. I am the biggest I've ever been in my life and its very depressing. I'm looking to get serious and may need some motivation. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 06:52:26 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 14-20) QUOTES ON EXPERIENCE <BR> ======================= <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. <BR> Soren Kierkegaard <BR> <BR> 2) A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. <BR> Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. <BR> <BR> 3)The only source of knowledge is experience. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 4)Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experien... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 19:08:22 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 7- 13 ) QUOTES ON MARRIAGE <BR> ======================== <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave. <BR> Martin Luther <BR> <BR> 2)It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. <BR> Friedrich Nietzsche <BR> <BR> 3)There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage. <BR> Martin Luther <BR> <BR> 4)A journey is like marriage. The certain way to b... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 18:58:20 EST McDonough or close by...Need Buddy Hey I would love to find a buddy in or around my area. I moved here 2 years ago but being a stay at home mom I don't get the chance to meet people. <BR> <BR> I workout mostly at home because well gym memberships cost a lot and I don't have anyone to watch my 1.5 year old. So right now I am doing Power 90 (mama to P90X) and trying to walk or use the elliptical. I would love to find someone to go walking at some of our beautiful parks and I want to move into running. I don't mind a littl... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 11:10:21 EST Hello :) I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Heather and I am a SAHM to 2 kids age 8 & 17 months. I have been married 15 years (this December) to my high school sweetheart. I have struggled with my weight for most of my adult life and have decided it is time to make the changes to a healthy active lifestyle. I want to teach my kids the importance of being healthy but can't do that if I am not healthy myself. We just moved to GA a couple years ago but I still don't know many people here.... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 09:11:38 EST New Beginning My name is Vickie and I am over 40. I need to lose weight and get into shape. I am ready to be healthy and happy. Fri, 12 Oct 2012 10:03:25 EST First day! I gotta do this! Today is my first day! I decided I have to do this for ME! I am tired of being overweight and tired of not being in ANY pictures! I know I can do it and look forward to the motivation of other SPs! Thu, 11 Oct 2012 12:47:13 EST Hi My name is Marie, I am a stay at home wife and mother of 3 wonderful kids. I have been feeling really down and out about myself, my weight and health. I can't believe I let myself get this out of shape. I have decided to turn it around, starting today! Thu, 11 Oct 2012 11:52:01 EST Anyone in the Alpharetta Area? Hi everyone! I live and work in the Alpharetta area, and was wondering if anyone is from this area looking for a buddy? :) Thu, 11 Oct 2012 10:46:40 EST Hello to all of you other beautiful georgia people Hello all of my gorgeous friends I have had an amazing time on sparkpeople so far. I apologize for not having enough time to post my introduction until now so here it is, HELLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! Sat, 6 Oct 2012 21:25:38 EST Trying something new... Ok, one of my goals for October is to step outside of my comfort zone, and try different foods. So far, all I've tried is Oikos strawberry greek yogurt, not bad. I want to try a recipe for stuffed chicken breasts that calls for feta cheese, but I don't know what feta cheese tastes like. Has anyone tried it, and if so how did you like it? I have never eaten squash or eggplant, and I'm kind of curious about them too. Has anyone tried them and liked them or didn't like them? And if you did like ... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 14:12:58 EST Getting started - AGAIN Hi, I'm 56 and have been on sooo many diets. But I'm tired of being fat. In spite of being as busy as everyone else, I really want to lose weight and hope this time it sticks. I know I have to invest the time if I'm going to lose. This weight did not magically appear and it will not magically disappear. I need to lose about 150 pounds. So here goes!!! Fri, 5 Oct 2012 14:44:14 EST Fitness Buddy in Forsyth, GA Hey everyone. My name is Becky and I am from Forsyth, GA just north of Macon, South of Atlanta. I love to walk my bulldog with my children in the evenings, but I would love to have a fitness buddy to keep me on track. If you are in my area and like to workout or walk in the evenings after 6 pm reply back and I am sure we could meet up to motivate each other. Thu, 4 Oct 2012 14:21:55 EST New to Spark People Hey everyone, my name is Kat and it is my third day with Spark People. I started my journey March 13, 2012 weighing in at 290 lbs (size 28) and have lost a total of 80 lbs (size 14)! I was a type II Diabetic and through healthy, clean eating and exercise I am healed!!! <BR> <BR> I kept hearing people talking about spark people but never looked at it until the other day and WOW...wish I had used the resources from the start. It took me forever to track the food and the carbs, fat, protein,... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 13:30:35 EST Oktoberfest It's that time of year when all the fall festivals are popping up. My church is hosting it's 10th annual O'fest. I am posting the link in case any of you local folks are interested in an inexpensive fun day. German beer and foods, carnival games for the little ones, craft fair, dancing to great music in the big tent. All proceeds support local charities. I will be there nearly all day. So if you local sparkers and planning to go, let me know. <BR> <BR> <link> Thu, 4 Oct 2012 06:47:56 EST Exercising and dieting with MS Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I have returned to exercising for the last 2 months since my last attack of MS. I just joined this. Does anyone else have MS? Moving to me is a privilege not a chore. Wed, 3 Oct 2012 20:29:57 EST FromND2GA Ok. I've started. I posted my first breakfast and lunch. I've worked at losing weight all my life. I want this to work. Wed, 3 Oct 2012 14:29:46 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept. 30 - Oct.6 ) ) FAMOUS M*A*S*H QUOTES <BR> <BR> 1)Look, all I know is what they taught me at command school. There are certain rules about a war and rule number one is young men die. And rule number two is doctors can't change rule number one. <BR> Henry Blake <BR> <BR> 2)I'm a life long Anglophile. England is still the only place I know where any young man can grow up to be the Queen. <BR> Hawkeye <BR> <BR> 3)Listen, it's too big a world to be in competition with everyone. The only person who I have to b... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 23:38:07 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept. 23-29 ) ERMA BOMBECK QUOTES II <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me. <BR> <BR> 2)Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart. <BR> <BR> 3)When your mother asks, "Do you want a piece of advice?" it's a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway. <BR> <BR> 4) It takes a ... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 23:20:24 EST Sorry I was editing my page, and somehow deleted this team, so I had to re-join. <em>2</em> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 10:27:30 EST Hi everyone! Hi everyone, I'm new to this website and I'm looking forward to losing weight and meeting new people! Sat, 29 Sep 2012 09:40:41 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept. 16-22 ) ERMA BOMBECK QUOTES <BR> <BR> IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER <BR> <BR> 1) I would have talked less and listened more. <BR> <BR> 2) I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded. <BR> <BR> 3) I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed. <BR> <BR> 4) I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains. <BR> <BR> 5) I would have cried and... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 23:29:47 EST Hi everyone! How're you doing? My name is Monica and I just re-joined SP. I've been on the site before and used it to lose about 15 lbs, but lost motivation for nearly a year and have been at the same weight since then. I'm still a little bit overweight (I'm 5'1") and need to lose somewhere in the ballpark of 18-25 lbs. I decided to join back up and start the process over from the beginning! Right now, my biggest issue is my eating habits and dealing with some college blues. I've been having trouble with ... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 22:43:35 EST electramom Hi, I am electramom, So named because I am a mother and at 48, I became an electrician! My (then 12) daughter, chose my on line identity. I am now 56, and I have been a care giver to several ppl in my life. <BR> My husband was severely injured in 1997, in a construction accident...13 months later we learned I was to have my only child...Noelle. I was 42, 100+lbs overweight, with a spouse that couldn't move without pain. I had no idea why God chose then to allow me to conceive, but I a... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 07:56:28 EST Keep the Runner Running <em>312</em> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 22:55:57 EST Zombie Run in Carnesville, Ga October 20th Hello! I'm helping out with a fundraiser in Carnesville, Ga on October 20th and I'm looking for zombies to "scare" the runners on a Muck Run 5k. it takes place in the afternoon (and is family friendly so it won't really be that scary). It's a great deal for volunteers... the race cost $45 but if you volunteer, you get two free passes for your friends. If you'd like to check it out, do a search at Facebook and like their page. If anyone in Northeast Georgia would be interested in voluntee... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 22:41:25 EST Walking buddy in Byron, GA near Warner Robins, GA Hello, I am Lainey and I am looking for a walking Buddy in the Byron,GA area. Byron is in Peach County, it is near Warner Robins. I can walk anytime after lunch.There is a wonderful park near me called Peach Park, with paved walking paths. It's a wonderful place to walk. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 01:50:12 EST I'm Jamie :) Hey everyone. I'm Jamie. I'm 30 years old living in the alpharetta area. I am married with one son (just turned 3), and a house full of pets! I'm a financial analyst with Siemens Industry. Looking forward to getting to know everyone :) Thu, 20 Sep 2012 08:42:09 EST Autumn (Fall) Favorites A-Z Post anything connected to Fall alphabetically. <BR> <BR> I'll start with: <BR> <BR> A--apples (bobbing apples is fun too) Tue, 18 Sep 2012 15:15:13 EST 5 Minute Daily Challenge Welcome to the 5 Minute Daily Challenge! <BR> <BR> Each day of the week try to do 5 minutes. This is easy to do and you can pick what find you do for that day. Five minutes a day is better that zero minutes a day. Just watch and see what this can do for you. So come on Georgia we can do this! <BR> <BR> The current schedule is for the following body areas: <BR> <BR> Sunday: Stretches <BR> Monday: Core <BR> Tuesday: Lower Body <BR> Wednesday: Upper Body <BR> Thursday: Core <BR> Friday: Lower... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 14:49:06 EST buddy my name is lisa. i live in dalton,ga and would love to find someone in this area to walk with! Tue, 18 Sep 2012 14:28:46 EST Hello Hello, I am new to sparkpeople. My name is Melody and I am on a quest to be healthier for myself and my family. I have two girls 13 and 9 so we are very busy with work, school and soccer. I look forward to moving forwarad with weight loss. Sun, 16 Sep 2012 17:51:27 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept. 9-15 ) Dear Abby Quotes <BR> <BR> 1)Wisdom doesn't automatically come with old age. Nothing does -- except wrinkles. It's true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place. <BR> <BR> 2)If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders. <BR> <BR> 3)The best index to a person's character is how he treats people who can't do him any good. <BR> <BR> 4)The less you talk, the more you're listened to. <BR> <BR> 5)... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 10:28:18 EST howdy I just joined SparkPeople this afternoon, and came back this evening to update my profile and add some information. We just had dinner, and of course I gorged myself on 2 helpings of Hamburger Helper, and followed that up with some vanilla pudding. And as I type my husband is sitting across from me with a sleeve of fig newtons.... Yeah, so here goes nothin! Thu, 13 Sep 2012 20:19:59 EST Just want to be a better me! I am a working wife and mother of two. I am a Christian and at 280 pounds, I know my temple needs a lot of work to be pleasing to the Lord.I was born and raised in Southeast Ga where we season our veggies with fat back and/ or bacon grease. By the time I turned 11 years old I was in a women's size 14. I have always been obese and have never been happy with my appearance. <BR> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 10:22:51 EST Fall recipes I am very ready for Autumn to settle in. I am ready to break out my soup recipes. Does anyone care to share their favorite Fall recipe? <BR> <BR> <BR> Mine is my taco soup. <BR> ground turkey <BR> chopped onion <BR> 1 1/2 cup water <BR> taco seasoning (low sodium) <BR> tomato sauce (no salt added) <BR> 2 cans chili beans <BR> black beans <BR> southwestern steamfresh corn <BR> <BR> top with anything you'd put on a taco. <BR> <BR> This is a family go to when we are tight on time. Brown ... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 21:02:21 EST Do you belong to a CSA? I have been looking into a few CSA's to sign up for. Was wondering if anyone would care to share their experience. <BR> <BR> I think I may start with a half share because I am not sure how much produce we will end up with and I don't want to waste. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to hearing from folks. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 20:57:40 EST New beginnings Hi. I'm Jane and today I am taking one step toward a new beginning. I need all the help I can get and in return, I will do my best to help others. This is all an uncharted sea for me, so any advise is welcome. I want to be healthier, I want to feel better, and I want to never be ashamed of my appearance again. I am looking forward to this journey, even thought I know absolutely how hard it will be at times. Knowing you are cheering me on will be a tremendous boost to my will power!! Many than... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 21:38:25 EST Me Hi ! Im Kendra..I am a 20 year old college student weighing 250 pds. ! I cant wait to get started on this site and interact with new people ! Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:56:33 EST Hi SparkyPeople! Hi everyone! I am a 34 year old house wife and mother of two great kids. This is such a cool site so looking foward to watching my weight shred. Here's to great health!! Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:00:38 EST Looking for a buddy Hi nicole I am 28 and a stay at home mom. I am looking for a buddy in the vadlosta area. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:00:32 EST Howdy Hi, I am new to sparkpeople. I am not really sure what to say other than - HELP! My pants don't fit right. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 14:50:57 EST New to the team I'm Patricia, currently living in south Florida, soon to be moving to north Georgia. <BR> I just turned 54, and my goal is to be at my goal weight of 165 by my 55th birthday next year. <BR> That's just under a pound a week, so it's very do-able! <BR> <BR> Rock on! Mon, 10 Sep 2012 08:24:59 EST Heeeeeeeeeeey! Hey ya'll! I'm Latonya. I'm excited about this journey to find tonya...the real Latonya I was created to be. My weight has yo yo'd all my life. I've always been overweight so you can only imagine my desire to discover who I am without the extra loads (physical and mental). I realize this will take a permanent lifestyle change so as I embark on this journey, I would love your feedback, advice, and wisdom. Thanks! I'm really excited because this is my year of greater!!!! Wed, 5 Sep 2012 06:46:04 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 2-8 ) ANN LANDERS QUOTES <BR> <BR> 1)Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and repeat to yourself, the most comforting words of all; this, too, shall pass. <BR> <BR> 2)One out of four people in this country is mentally unbalanced. Think of your three closes friends; if they seem OK, then you're the one. <BR> <BR> 3)Maturity: Be able to stick with a job until it is finished. Be able to bear an injustice without having to get even. Be able to carry money without spending it. Do your duty wi... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 15:34:34 EST What's your grocery shopping plan?? This topic came up on another team I visit. What a great discussion so I thought I would give us the opportunity to learn from our fellow sparkies. <BR> <BR> It's a long post, but here is my process. Please take a moment to share your tips with others. This is a journey for all of us and every idea we share is a spark for someone else. <BR> <BR> <BR> It's a process for me. It has taken a while to perfect a system that works for me. <BR> <BR> First I look at our family calendar to see w... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 07:59:13 EST Hello Hi. My name is Jalita King and I have just joined SP today! I have 40 pounds to lose and I am looking forward to both gaining and giving support in the Georgia Team. At my heaviest I was at 212 pounds and I now weigh 168.8 pounds. I am shooting for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight of 130 pounds. I am in the South Fulton area of Georgia. I look forward to losing with you all!!! Tue, 28 Aug 2012 12:57:39 EST Quotes of the Week ( Aug 19 - 25 ) QUOTES ON WOMEN <BR> <BR> 1)Women don't want to hear what you think. Women want to hear what they think - in a deeper voice. <BR> Bill Cosby <BR> <BR> 2)Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition. <BR> Timothy Leary <BR> <BR> 3)Clever and attractive women do not want to vote; they are willing to let men govern as long as they govern men. <BR> George Bernard Shaw <BR> <BR> 4)I don't know why women want any of the things men have when one the things that women have is men. <BR> Coco ... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 11:03:40 EST Quotes of the Week ( Aug 26- Sept 1 ) 1)Doctors are just the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you too. <BR> Anton Chekhov <BR> <BR> 2)Women don't want to hear what you think. Women want to hear what they think - in a deeper voice. <BR> Bill Cosby <BR> <BR> 3)Women have always been the strong ones of the world. The men are always seeking from women a little pillow to put their heads down on. They are always longing for the mother who held them as infants. <BR> ... 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